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Maximus V of Constantinople
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His All-Holiness '''Maximus V''' was the 266th [[Church of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople]] from 1946 to 1948.
He was born in Sinope of Pontus in 1897, where he began his primary education. He continued his studies at the [[Halki|Theological School of Halki]] under the protection of [[Metropolitan]] [[Germanos Karavaggelis]] of Amaseia. He was [[ordination|ordained]] into the [[diaconate]] in 1918 and appointed a teacher in the City School of Theira. He served as the [[Archdeacon]] of Metropolitans [[Gregorios of Chalcedon]] and [[Joachim of Ephesus]], before becoming a deacon in the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] in 1920. He then served in various positions on the Board of the Halki School, including secretary, codewriter, subsecretary, and archsecretary before being [[ordination|ordained]] a [[presbyter]] and [[archimandrite]] on [[January 1]], 1928. He later became Metropolitan of Philadelphia in February 1930 before ascending to the Patriarchal throne in 1946.
Officially he resigned in 1948 due to poor health. Unofficially, he was forced to resign by western powers who didn't approve of his ties with the Soviet-controlled Patriarch of Moscow. He was succeeded by Archbishop [[Athenagoras I (Spyrou) of Constantinople|Athenagoras]] of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He died in Switzerland on [[January 1]], 1972.
title=Metropolitan of Philadelphia|
before=[[Benjamin I of Constantinople|Benjamin I]]|
title=[[List of Patriarchs of Constantinople|Patriarch of Constantinople]]|
after=[[Athenagoras I (Spyrou) of Constantinople|Athenagoras I]]}}
*[http://www.ec-patr.org/list/index.php?lang=en&id=325 Maximos V] - [[Church of Constantinople]] website
*[http://www.ec-patr.gr/list/index.php?lang=en&id=325 Ecumenical Patriarchate]
[[Category:Patriarchs of Constantinople]]
[[Category:Theological School of Halki Graduates]]
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